ScreenSteps

How to Make Article Text Accessible

Updated Sep 23, 2021

Headings

Adding headings to your articles not only helps to convey their structure visually, but can also aid end-users that rely on screen readers (eg. they can listen to a list of headings, skip around between headings, etc.). We recommend keeping headings short and nesting them, as appropriate.

To assist authors in creating this structure, the document outline section of both the web and desktop ScreenSteps applications displays the heading level that will be reflected in the published article. They start at the H2 level (given the article title is always the designated H1) and end at H5.

heading levels

Text Styles

Applying text styles properly can help emphasize words or phrases for users that rely on screen readers.

  1. The Bold style applies the <strong> tag to your article's html, which indicates importance.
  2. The Italic style applies the <em> tag to your article's html, which indicates vocal stress.

For more information on how to apply styles to text in ScreenSteps, see this article: Which text formatting options are available?

The text you choose to link out from should be meaningful and describe what the user should expect to see upon clicking it (ie. URLs should not be pasted into your article text).

When linking within your ScreenSteps site, we provide an option to easily inject the linked name of your chosen Manual, Chapter, Article, or Heading into your text block upon selection. For more information on adding internal links, see this article: How to Add a Link to Another Article, Heading, Chapter or Manual

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